A Bit Illusionary
Though it is a huge technological leap to get 3D experience on a mobile phone, and that too with the naked eye, the LG Optimus 3D falls short of expectations on the quality and smoothness of the experience
The moment we think about a 3D movie experience these days, the first real instance that comes to our mind is the Jijo Punnoose directed Hindi movie Chhota Chetan way back in 1998 when we used a pair of specialized goggles to get the real feel of 3D content on a silver screen. Things have changed a lot since then, the display medium has shrunk from the 77 mm silver screen to 5-inch mobile phone. And mind it, you don’t even have to put on a pair of 3D goggles to watch the content on the mobile phone. Though it is a huge technological leap to get 3D experience on a mobile phone and that too with the naked eye, the quality and smoothness of the experience would be a matter of deliberation.
Recently, Korean electronics major LG brought India a mobile phone that offers 3D viewing experience, and yes, without a goggle. The LG Optimus 3D is the second device after HTC EVO 3D.
Hardware and Styling
At first glance, the device has a candy bar form factor and is really big, almost as big as your hand. The screen is fairly large at 4.3-inches and covers most of the front. Below the screen rest are 4 touch sensitive buttons. On the left of the device we have the micro USB port and the HDMI out port. The top has the 3.5-mm headphones jack and the power/lock screen button. The right houses the volume rocker and the camera shutter button.
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The first thing that will disappoint you is that it runs on Android 2.2 and not 2.3. The device will be upgradable to 2.3. Like all Android devices, the LG Optimus 3D is heavily skinned. The 3D interface on the other hand is a different ball game all together. All the 3D content can be accessed from the ‘3D space’ app. This app gives you access to 3D games, the 3D camera, 3D Gallery, Youtube 3D, and the 3D Guide.
The 3D interface of the device is really good and adds to the feeling of depth perception but at the same time also feels gimmicky. A good addition to the device is that you can not only view 3D content on it but also stream it to your 3D enabled TV via HDMI or DLNA.
The device comes preloaded with 4 3D games that give you the ability to control the level of 3D via a toggle. But naturally while playing, you are bound to move the device quite a bit jarring the 3D image and screen and inevitably ending up giving you—you guessed it, a headache.
The on-board camera on the device does what it does well. But in 2D mode, a 5 MP camera on such an expensive device seems a bit of a letdown especially since smartphones in the same price bracket offer you an 8 MP shooter. The images produced in 2D are crisp, clear and even vibrant if the lighting conditions are good. But if you decide to rely on the on-board flash, you will end up with average photos.